There really haven’t been many midriff related links lately, have there? First, via Richard, we get an analysis of the economics and anthropology of the bare midriff. He also references this article, reprinted from the New York Times, that argues that girls are covering up these days. This should be no surprise to students of fashion history–fashion traditionally gets more conservative in times of war.
Then there’s the lovely Keira Knightley, who wasn’t quite lovely enough for the poster for King Arthur. They expanded her chest and gave her a tummy tuck in the hopes that extra-human proportions would help sell the film. That didn’t help, because Arthur grossed as much money as, wait for it, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in its opening weekend.